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John Wolf Brennan

Celtic Roots and Swiss Watchmaker Exactness

Pianist and composer John Wolf Brennan, born in Dublin, Ireland, has been widely acclaimed as an outstanding musician. His distinctive style, marked by a deep interest in contemporary archeology, a very personal quest for an adventurous avantgarde, an ongoing research of his Celtic roots and his “Swiss watchmaker exactness” (”The Wire”) sets him apart. His compositions cover a wide spectrum of musical concepts and methods, ranging from piano pieces (”inside and outside” - prepared and unprepared) to vocal scores (”Night.Shift” - an opera after a libretto by Rudolph Straub, based on W.H.Auden's “The Age of Anxiety”; “Sculpted Sound”, “Euratorium”, “Bestiarium”, “PaniConversations”, works for choir), from chamber (”Epithalamium” after James Joyce's “Chamber Music”; “Alef Bet - an Ori-ental Peace Piece” for Israeli oboist Ori Meiraz; “A Golly Gal's Way to Galway Bay” for James Galway, “Nearly Charming”) to orchestral works, both for classical and jazz ensembles, creating music rich in (a)tonal textures. Composition, Improvisation and...

At the University of Fribourg, he studied musicology, film and literature. He continued his studies at the Musikhochschule Luzern: piano (Eva Serman), harmony (Peter Benary), conducting (Alois Koch, Hans Zihlmann, belcanto singing (Walter Meier) and organ (Monika Henking). Further studies in composition with Karl Berger at CMS Woodstock/New York and James Wilson at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin. Masterclasses in composition with Ennio Morricone, Edison Denissov, Klaus Huber, Heinz Holliger and Hanspeter Kyburz.. Together with Marianne Schroeder, Jean-Luc Darbellay, Michel Schneider, Christian Henking, Alfons Karl Zwicker and Michael Radanovics he is a member of the Swiss composer's group “Groupe Lacroix”. ...Comprovisation: Performances and Projects

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